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Nutrient Use Efficiency for Food Security, Sustainable Development, and Resilience

  • Barbara SawickaEmail author
Reference work entry


The nutrient use efficiency (NUE) is a measure of how well plants use available mineral nutrients. This is a very complex feature that depends on the ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, their transport, storage, mobilization, use in the plant, as well as in the environment.


The nutrient use efficiency (NUE) can be defined as the output per unit of effort. In agriculture, it is usually associated with the introduction of fertilizers, while in the scientific literature, the NUE is often expressed as a fresh mass or product yield per nutrient content. Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is a term used to indicate the ratio between the amount of fertilizer N removed from the field by the crop and the amount of fertilizer N applied. NUE can be described as efficiency (biomass) per unit (fertilizers, nutrient content). NUE is an important factor contributing to the control of plant growth rate and yield. The same level of nutrients may cause an increase or decrease...

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  1. 1.Department of Plant Production Technology and Commodities Science, Faculty of AgrobioengineeringUniversity of Life Sciences in LublinLublinPoland

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  • Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari
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  1. 1.Department of Agricultural ManagementRasht Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityRashtIran